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The Story of Attila the Hun

Jana G.Jana G.
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Attila is the name of the legendary commander of the Huns. In 374, the Huns chose Balamir as their leader. He was able to defeat the Visigoths and Huns become warriors, before whom the whole world trembled.

They wore rough clothes of leather and horsehair, had pointed helmets and leather hats. They were constantly on horseback and caused a feeling of astonishment mingled with growing horror in everyone. They always moved fully armed.

Huns worshiped the great spirit in the sky, worshiped Tengri and the five elements - earth, metal, air, fire and water. They are not afraid to die in battle and gave their all.

In time, the Huns attacked Rome. After the death of Balamir, power came to Ulduz, his son, who had a son Manchug. His sons were Attila and Buda, Attila sat on the throne in 434, and his brother helped him.


Attila was of medium height, with broad shoulders and black hair. He was eloquent and was known that in battle is ruthless to his enemies, and when angry, all trembled with fear for their life.

He severely chastised hypocrites and sycophants around him, but treated the soldiers who loved his people well. Attila lived modestly and was known for his hospitality.

He had three sons - Dengiz, Ilnik and Elak. Attila founded his horde in Pannonia. In his horde were representatives of various peoples - Slavs, Persians, Goths, and also many nomadic peoples.

In 477, the horde of Attila reached Constantinople - the capital of eastern Rome. Great Rome was humiliated and agreed to pay an annual fee to him. After Rome agreed, Attila attacked, starting from Germany and France. The invasion of the Huns was terrifying.

His army consisted of 100, 000 Turkic warriors and 100, 000 soldiers from different tribes. The Roman army also numbered 200 000 people, and was commanded by Aesius, who was a childhood friend of Attila, as he lived long among the Huns as a hostage. The Roman army was defeated, but following its withdrawal, Attila continued to hunt it.

He arrived at the gates of Rome, and all were terrified that the city will be leveled, but then Attila met Roman Pope Leon. He asked him not to encroach upon the city, where the cultural values of the Roman Empire were. Attila listened to his request and left Rome intact. Over 453 years Attila died, and historians say he was probably poisoned.